What is the Gospel?
The Good News Message of Jesus Christ
There are many ways to tell the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, some much shorter, and some much longer. Our goal is to share enough that anyone reading this can have enough understanding to make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. If you have any questions at all, please contact the church in the manner most convenient for you.
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1. God created the world and placed human beings within it, so that they may grow close to him, multiply and fill the earth. They were commanded by God to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Genesis 1; 2:15-17
2. Adam and Eve, our human ancestors, were tempted by Satan in the form of a serpent to break God’s command, and they both committed sin by breaking God’s specific command. This broke their connection with God and plunged the world into sin. We are all born into a sinful nature, and there is nothing we can do on our own to relieve this. Without being reconciled to God, humans can only look forward to a life of eternity without him. Genesis 3; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23
3. God foresaw this sin, and set into motion a plan to reconcile the world back to himself, beginning with Abraham, working through the Jewish people, and ultimately coming to its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, the Promised Messiah. Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7; Luke 2:8-14
4. The life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ laid out the foundation by which men and women can be reconciled to God. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross, we are able to ask for forgiveness for our sin and be reconciled to God the Father. It is only through Jesus Christ that we are saved, and that salvation is eternal. John 3:16; Romans 5:8
5. Placing our trust in Jesus, asking him to forgive our sins and following him is part of the process. We are forgiven, set free from sin and God places his Holy Spirit in us to lead and guide us in righteousness and right living. Romans 10:9, 13; Acts 2:38
6. Having been reconciled to God through our faith in Jesus Christ, we are now called to live as members of the Kingdom of God, serving as a light to the world and as Ambassadors of Christ. This means that we have a purpose and a mission to bring the truth about Jesus Christ into this broken world. Matthew 5:13-16; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
May God bless and speak to you as you ponder these words; He loves you with a relentless love and wants you to join him in his Kingdom!
** Helpful Links to explore the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ. **
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We at First Baptist recommend several online resources for Bible study, including the online Bible Biblegateway and The Bible Project.
The Bible Project has two videos about the Gospel:
How to Read the Bible: The Gospel
*** The Romans Road ***
The "Romans Road" is an abbreviated version of the Gospel, using only verses found in the Letter to the Romans, a New Testament letter written by the Apostle Paul.
The verses include:
1. The Problem - Romans 3:23 - "for all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God".
Sin separates all of us from God, and we are helpless to rectify this on our own.
2. The Penalty - Romans 5:12 - "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned."
Sin causes the death of the body and, if left unforgiven, the death of the soul, resulting in an eternity separated from God.
3. The Provision - Romans 5:8 - "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
God foresaw the problem of sin, and set into works His plan to reconcile men and women back to Himself. This plan finds its fulfillment in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. He died for us WHILE we were in sin. We come to him as we are, and let Him cleanse us.
4. The Pardon - Romans 6:23 - "The wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord"
We receive our pardon from sin, and eternal life, only through the work of Jesus Christ.
5. The Process - Romans 10:9-10, 13 "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. ...
13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
When we follow the above directions, declaring Jesus as Lord and believing in his resurrection, we enter into a new life in Christ!
There is much more to the Christian life, but this "Romans Road" serves to present the essential elements of understanding our need for Jesus, and our way to accept him into our lives as our Lord and Saviour.